I’m Katie, a fourth-year PhD student studying linguistics and health communication (interpersonal communication between an individual and healthcare professionals) at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK.

I was born in Kagoshima, Japan. After studying linguistics at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, I worked for a software company in Tokyo. Although I had always nurtured a childhood dream of living overseas, in my twenties I was far too busy with long hours of work, and the years went by rather quickly!

In 2013, I attended the renowned Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Montreux, Switzerland to study International Protocol. The year after that, I resumed my stay in Switzerland to study with them further. There, what fascinated me the most was a session on intercultural communication skills. Combining some knowledge of linguistics from my previous studies, I became more aware of miscommunication in intercultural settings and enhanced self-awareness of how we transfer messages while incorporating cultural perspectives.

In 2015, I decided to start my full-time studies in Intercultural Communication at UEA. The following year, integrating all of my experience with a new direction, I started to pursue Health Communication for my PhD studies. I use qualitative methodologies, Interactional Sociolinguistics and Ethnography to look at real-life interactions between patients and physicians.

Additionally, I am a certified teacher of Japanese and teach Japanese language and culture in the UK Higher Education sector.

My blog, KAYA (named after Buddha Kaya, which means Buddha’s three bodies) has been devoted to documenting my academic journey and sharing my thoughts on doing a PhD, studies of language and communication, being an empath, and energy healing as complementary medicine. I also love cooking and baking. My PhD diary is almost always updated with food pictures.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

4 January 2020